The Texas Education Agency has created a video in English and in Spanish to provide a quick overview of the State of Texas Accountability System and what goes into the annual ratings of schools, districts and charters. Theses videos can assist school districts in explaining how school districts receive their ratings and a great resource for parent meetings.

ESL Certification Preparation Courses

    Get Your ESL Certification


ESL Academy is a three-day workshop that provides a foundation on language acquisition and explores best practices in ESL instruction while preparing participants for the TExES Exam #154: English as a Second Language Supplemental. There are four offerings:

 Oct. 8th – 10th Feb. 25th – 27th  June 17th – 19th  July 22nd – 24th 
 FA1429263  SP1529264  SU1529266  SU1529267


ESL Supplemental #154 TExES Review is a one-day workshop that will help to prepare for the TExES Exam by reviewing key concepts aligned to TExES test frameworks. Participants also take an on-site, test-secured TExES practice test. However, it is highly recommended that participants attend an ESL Academy before taking this class. There are four offerings:

 Sept. 20th Jan. 17th May 2nd July 18th 
 FA1429271  SP1529272  SP1529273  SU1529274

Bilingual Director Meetings 2014-2015

 Mark Your Calendar


Here are the dates for the 2014-2015 Bilingual Director Meetings:

  Sept. 10th   Nov. 12th   Feb. 11th   Apr. 8th    
face-to-face          FA1428944  FA1428946  SP1528948  SU1528951
distance learning   FA1428945  FA1428947  SP1528949  SU1528952


Director’s Academy

Hope you all had a fantastic 4th of July!

Please don’t forget to register for the the Bilingual Director’s Academy (SU1426714)on July 21st and 22nd.

This academy is designed for returning and new bilingual directors. You will receive tools/resources to assist with assessment, compliance, and policies/procedures. We will provide a Year-at-a-Glance Calendar and help assist you with mapping out the upcoming school year. So come get informed and organized!

We look forward to seeing you all!

ESL Supplemental #154 Registration

As teachers work to get their summer PD in and update their certifications, we are finding many have questions about registration for the ESL Supplemental exam #154.  Although we offer several trainings to prepare teachers for the exam, we are not able to register you for it.  In order to sign up, you need to visit  For detailed information on how to proceed, download the Quick Start Guide for Test Registration.

Upcoming trainings offered by Region 13 to prep teachers for the ESL Supplemental #154 include:

ESL Academy (SU1426193)- July 21st-23rd

ESL Supplemental #154 TExES Review (SU1426679)- July 26th



Parent Brochures for at Home Reading

Want to get your parents more involved in reading?  Check out these free brochures that cover a variety of topics in both English and Spanish (some in Russian too!) to help guide your parents while working with their kids at home.

Some options are:

  • Ten Facts Parents Should Know About Reading
  • Thirty DO’S to Remember When Reading Aloud
  • Fathers, Sons, & Reading
  • Questions Parents Always Ask About Reading Aloud

Have we piqued your interest?  Click on the link to see other titles and print brochures.

Hello! It is hard to believe that the school year is winding down and that we are moving into the summer. We know that your staff may be looking for professional development to participate in that would enhance their teaching skills. The Bilingual/ESL team is offering several great training opportunities this summer to meet the needs of your teaching staffs. The topics range from reading instruction in English and Spanish to Math in the secondary classroom. Please take a few minutes to view the POWTOON and the attached training flyer. If you have questions, please feel free to contact our department at 512-919-5319.We look forward to seeing you this summer!


Assessment Pathways of English Language Learners

Good afternoon!  In our efforts to bring you assessment/accountability information in an ongoing fashion, we  have a new video for you!  This video summarizes the changes to the assessment systems that English language learners participate in and gives a brief overview of how ELLs will be included in 2014 accountability. Please use the link below to access the video.  You will need to scroll down until you see the video “Assessment Pathways for Enlish Langauge Learners”.

In the event that you want to share the information with your district, please use the links below to access the power point and the TEA chart.  Please selece the May curriculum council meeting and scroll down until you see the heading “Assessment Pathways for English Language Learners.”










Phonics Instruction for Middle and High School ELLs

Reading is a complicated process and yet a critical skill. Many children struggle to become strong readers and it can be particularly challenging for English Language Learners (ELL’s). Reading at an appropriate rate with adequate comprehension is necessary. So what role does phonics play in this goal to acquire fluency and comprehension? In this article, we will explore the challenges ELL’s face with phonemic awareness and phonics instruction, why this has a place in middle and high school classrooms and highlight research-based best practices.

Click here to view this article: Phonics Instruction for Middle and High School ELLs

“Did you know?”

There is never enough time to search for the information you need to know when changes have been made in the world of bilingual/ESL education.  In this column “Did you know?” you will find links to changes in the laws or useful information you can use in the classroom.  Enjoy the “quick” search.

Did you know